Christ Church Cathedral to be deconstructed

An order preventing deconstruction of Christ Church Cathedral has been lifted by the High Court, Newstalk ZB reported today.

The Anglican Church and the Great Christchurch Building Trust (GCBT) led by Jim Anderton have been engaged in prolonged litigious battle over its future since the 2011 February earthquake severely damaged it.

The church wants it demolished to build a contemporary option, while the GCBT has fought to rebuild it as it was.

After taking it to the High Court, Justice Graham Chisholm ordered a stay of deconstruction until the church committed to rebuilding a new cathedral.

In a decision released this afternoon, Justice Chisholm lifted that stay.

He said the Church Property Trustees have now committed to the construction of a new cathedral, they gave fair consideration to issues, and there was no evidence that improper motives affected the decision.

- By Newstalk ZB

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